Traditionally, being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender is taboo in many Western cultures. Homosexuals, transsexuals, and other queer people have been discriminated against for such a long time; however, in the past ten years of the United States' history, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) rights have severely expanded from what they once were. There was a time when gay partnerships and gay marriage were completely unheard of, yet today in the United States, more than six states offer gay marriage with equal rights and benefits as straight couples on a state level. With the repeal on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," many gay Americans can serve in the military and be open about their sexuality. In many recent surveys, many Americans are found to have no problem with their fellow LGBT citizens. Unfortunately, the United States is FAR behind Canada and other progressive nations in Europe.
After a large controversy, the UN recently adopted a measure to restore a gay rights clause within a human rights resolution regarding killings, a clause that was removed a few weeks earlier. This meant a lot to the world. If you haven't heard about it, you can read about it here: http://www.fridae.com/newsfeatures/2010/12/22/10507.un-restores-sexual-orientation-clause-to-killings-resolution
What are your beliefs on LGBT rights and LGBT people? What are your country's policies on LGBT rights? Do you disagree with the political actions on LGBT rights within your country? Let's keep it clean and intelligent!
For example, in the United States, I am quite disappointed with LGBT rights. I believe that all humans are created equally and deserve the same rights. I don't think that gender matters, and it shouldn't be an issue.
Okay, let's go!